Knowing God’s Will
(from the “Teens ‘n Twenties” column of The Gospel Standard)
It is easy to talk about living in the center of God’s will, but it is difficult to spell out how this may be done. George Mueller, in his article “How I Ascertain the Will of God” says, “Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.” This is certainly true.
Here are a few other suggestions which may be helpful.
Read your Bible. The will of God for your life will never go against the Word of God. Those desiring to serve the Lord should be saturated with a knowledge of the guidelines contained in the Bible. We are instructed to do certain things and not to do certain other things.
Commit yourself to God. Believers have proved that coming to the end of self is often the prerequisite for tapping the unfailing resources of God. He can make His will known once we get our own wills out of the way.
Pray for guidance. Committing ourselves to God is the passive side of knowing His will. Praying for guidance is the active side of the process. We must pray in a positive way, and then leave the results in God’s hands, believing that He will do the right thing every time. (Psalm 32:8).
Do some straight thinking. Obviously, some people are better endowed with intelligence than others, but we all have the basic ability for carefully analyzing and solving everyday problems. Some Christians, however, become almost hysterical when faced with situations which require decisions somewhat out of the ordinary. Every Christian ought to be able to find the will of God by using the power to THINK, which is itself a gift from Him (Isaiah 26:3).
Face yourself realistically. No one wants to rule out the possibility of improvement, but there are some people who are not suited to certain kinds of activity. By facing ourselves realistically, we can rule out some activities and develop our strength in others. The will of God is to be found in those things we do well. (Romans 12:3; Galatians 6:3).
Study the circumstances. God operates His sovereign will within the circumstances of life. He is concerned with personal problems, and takes an active part in guiding the day-by-day lives of His own. If the door is closed to one room, do not beat in desperation upon it. Better to look for an open door and walk through it to find His will. (Psalm 37:7).
Make sure peace accompanies any decision you make. It is very unlikely that you have found the will of God for your life if you are town with doubts and fears after your decisions are made. (Philippians 4:6,7).